Dealing with dawn raids by the police
Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners
Dealing with dawn raids by the police

The following Risk & Compliance guidance note Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of Byrne and Partners provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with dawn raids by the police
  • What type of police could I encounter?
  • Main reasons for a police raid
  • Powers
  • Execution of a warrant
  • Penalties

What type of police could I encounter?

The police broadly investigate most offences in the UK. The police force in the UK has different divisions depending on geography and, in certain instances, the type of offence. The City of London Police are a specialist force that police the 'square mile' in London. They have a specialist economic crime and fraud department.

The Metropolitan Police Service often referred to as 'the Met', is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the 'square mile' of the City of London.

Outside of these divisions, there are police constabularies in counties across the UK and other specialist forces in some major urban areas. All of these respective forces have the same powers and toolkit in terms of the execution of search warrants.

Main reasons for a police raid

The police have a national online reporting service called ActionFra